Pueblo police ruled out one man they initially identified as suspect in the shooting of an off-duty firefighter early Sunday and were looking for another person of interest, according to a news release from the department.
Officials said they were no longer looking for Esteban Gallegos, but instead were searching for 41-year-old Tonya Albach-Ortega whose vehicle was involved in the shooting.
On Sunday, officers responded to a 12:25 a.m. call about a shooting in the 100 block of North Main Street. When they arrived, they found a man suffering a gunshot wound in the leg. The man, who was later identified as a off-duty Pueblo firefighter, was taken to a nearby hospital and was expected to recover.
Investigators determined that the shooting victim was standing outside a building with several of his off-duty co-workers when he saw a group of people harassing a homeless man. When the man intervened, the group left the area.
Shortly after they left, someone fired several rounds from a nearby sedan. One of the rounds hit the victim in the leg.
Albach-Ortega was described as a female, 5 feet, 1 inches and 178 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with any information about the incident, or Albach-Ortega's whereabouts, is asked to call Detective Ryan Torres at (719) 320-6037. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (7867) or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com.
Jessica Snouwaert contributed to this report.